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Boost to long-running A15 safety campaign

Thurlby Parish Council chairman Barry Dobson, Nick Boles MP, Sam Abbott and Clare White at a public meeting to discuss safety concerns about the A15.  EMN-140214-221211001

Thurlby Parish Council chairman Barry Dobson, Nick Boles MP, Sam Abbott and Clare White at a public meeting to discuss safety concerns about the A15. EMN-140214-221211001

Years of campaigning for a pedestrian crossing on the A15 near Bourne are on the verge of success after council highways bosses announced plans to act.

A crossing is to be installed in Northorpe near the scene of a crash where two 11-year-old girls were critically injured when a minibus hit them on their way home from Bourne Academy in January.

More than 7,000 people signed a petition launched by Thurlby mum-of-two Clare White calling for pedestrian crossings in both her village and Northorpe.

Clare (33) said: “We were 99 per cent sure that we would get it and the amount of traffic has proven that it is needed.

“The outcome we’ve got so far is the nest for now and I think it will really reassure parents.”

Lincolnshire County Council has acted after more than 150 people attended a public meeting about the A15 in Thurlby in February.

Highways officials carried out a traffic survey in Northorpe and Thurlby to determine of how many pedestrians and vehicles used the A15 on a typical working day between 6am and 10pm.

The results were then analysed to decide whether a crossing was needed.

Coun Richard Davies, county council executive member for highways, said: “Everyone was saddened by the accident in January and I hope that by installing a proper crossing point, we will help to prevent something similar happening again in the future.”

Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles, who attended the public meeting, said: “Residents of Thurlby made a powerful case for one or more crossings on the A15 and I will do everything I can to help ensure that people of all ages from the village can cross the road safely in the future.”

 

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